Area Sport Fishing Reports

Archived Sport Fishing Report

June 03, 2014

Northern Cook Inlet area

Week of June 4 to June 10
Issued June 4, 2014

Emergency Orders and regulation reminders

Emergency Orders (EOs) supersede regulations printed in the summary booklet while they are in effect. Anglers are advised to check the department’s web site for emergency orders prior to fishing:

• The following king salmon sport fishing restrictions remain in effect on the Susitna River drainage (United 1-6) and Little Susitna River:
o Only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure is allowed. Deshka River included.
o King salmon harvest (of any size) is prohibited within Unit 1 (except on Deshka River), on the Parks Highway streams within Unit 2, the upper Susitna (Unit 3), Talachulitna River (Unit 4), Talkeetna River (Unit 5), and Chulitna River (Unit 6). Fishing, but not harvest of king salmon, will be allowed during days and times normally open to king salmon fishing within these management units.
o The Deshka River is open to king salmon harvest 7 days per week. King salmon harvest in the Yentna drainage (except Talachulitna River) is allowed 4 days per week (Fridays-Mondays); king salmon harvest (of any size) is prohibited Tuesdays-Thursdays; only catch-and-release fishing is allowed on these days. The Talachulitna River is restricted to catch-and-release 7 days per week.
o Harvest on the Little Susitna is allowed Saturdays-Mondays. King salmon harvest (of any size) is prohibited Tuesdays-Fridays; only catch-and-release fishing is allowed on these days.
o An annual limit of 2 king salmon over 20 inches applies to Susitna and Little Susitna drainages combined. King salmon that are intended to be released may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
o In the waters of Unit 2 open to catch-and-release fishing for king salmon, fishing for trout and other species will not be affected by these emergency regulations for king salmon and will continue as written in current regulation.
o The Eklutna Tailrace is excluded from all king salmon emergency order restrictions.
• Anglers are reminded that flowing waters in the Palmer-Wasilla Zone are CLOSED to all fishing until June 14.
• Many flowing waters along the Parks Highway are catch-and-release only for rainbow trout until June 14.

Fresh waters


• Fishing success has picked up over the last several days on the Deshka River. On most years, this next weekend marks the start of good fishing at the mouth. Early-morning and late afternoon anglers have been the most successful. Deshka River weir counts are available on our website at .
• A few kings are being caught on the lower Little Susitna River and fishing is expected to improve into early June.
• It is still early, but a few kings have now been caught at the Eklutna Tailrace and fishing success should slowly improve into June.
• Lake Creek and some of the other Yentna River tributaries should produce a few kings this week. The Yentna River is dropping after recent high water.

Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling

• Fishing conditions are excellent along Parks Highway streams from Willow north to Talkeetna. Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, and Arctic grayling fishing is expected to be good. Take a boat trip up the Talkeetna for rainbows and Dolly Varden. Grayling fishin g has been productive with the lower water levels of the Kashwitna River. Bring your chest waders.
• Remember that Deception Creek is closed to all fishing until June 15.

Northern Pike

• Pike fishing is excellent in early June.
• Anglers may retain as many pike as they catch – there is no bag or possession limit. In the freshwaters of West Cook Inlet and Susitna River drainage, anglers are not allowed to release live pike back into the water.
• For road-accessible pike fishing, try the Nancy Lake Recreation Area lakes, Long Lake near Willow, Memory and Prator lakes.
• Boat-accessible pike fishing can be found in the side sloughs of the Deshka River, Alexander Creek, Fish Creek (Kroto Slough) and Hewitt Lake.
• For fly-in pike fishing try Alexander, Shell, Eightmile, Trapper, Flathorn and Sucker lakes.
Lake Fishing
• Recent warm weather is providing excellent fishing and camping opportunities. Recently stocked lakes with camp sites include: South Rolly, Kepler/Bradley, Finger, Lucille, and Matanuska.
• Lakes will continue to be stocked, so stay tuned to the fish stocking web page- .

Personal Use

• The Susitna hooligan river run is winding down. This fishery is open through June 15th.
• You must hold an Alaskan resident sport fishing license (or ADF&G senior license or ADF&G Disabled Veteran’s license) in order to use a dipnet to catch hooligan. You may take as many hooligan as you will use.